ART FIRST 2008
International Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Bologna (Italy)
25 – 28 January 2008
Private view by invitation only Thursday 24 January
Opening Thursday 24 January 5 pm
Bologna Exhibition Center
The Italian appointment for art
The 32nd edition of ARTE FIERA ART FIRST, the unmissable appointment for contemporary art lovers and buyers, will open in Bologna (Italy) on Thursday 24 January 2008. The most important Italian art fair of modern and contemporary art, under the artistic direction of Silvia Evangelisti, represents a unique occasion for collectors to discover Italian and international recent proposals.
Arte Fiera is pleased to host important Art Awards for emerging artists
Targetti Light Art Award
The 5th edition of Targetti Light Award will be presented at Arte Fiera 2008.
This international competition, held every other year, sponsored by Targetti in collaboration with Arte Fiera gives a world preview of the “Works of Light” by winners of the 5th edition, chosen from more than 3000 entries of artists under 40 from all over the world.
The 2nd edition of Euromobil Award Under 30 open to Italian and international artists nominated by the galleries taking part in the Arte Fiera, aims to “promote a young artist who using the different languages of visual arts conveys his/her comprehension of the contemporary”. Awarded by a selected committee (Lucchetta brothers, owners of Euromobil Spa and art collectors, Silvia Evangelisti, Gianfranco Maraniello, Philippe Daverio, Aldo Colonnetti, Roberto Gobbo), the prize-winner will be invited to “interact” with the products creating by Euromobil Group ( main sponsor of Arte Fiera)
The 6th edition of Murri PublicArtAward, the international art competition for urban spaces promoted by Cooperativa Murri of Bologna, addressed to young Italian and foreign artists and to students of Fine Art Academies, Art Institutes and DAMS in Italy.
Bologna Art First
January 24 – February 29
The project created by the city of Bologna and Arte Fiera to underline the relationship between the most important Italian art fair and the town which takes it.
For the third edition, the planned itinerary among the most important museums, courtyards and historical buildings of Bologna will provide a broad overview of the latest contemporary art trends. The installations by Italian and international artists, selected by a committee and represented by galleries, will turn the old town into an unusual and suggestive scenery: Antonella Zazzera “Armonico XVII” (Museo della Musica), Vittorio Corsini “Walkabout” (S.Maria della Vita), Alex Pinna “Heroes” (Museo Medievale), Arnaldo Pomodoro “Obelisco Cassadoro” and Fabrizio Plessi “Water Circles” (Cortile Palazzo d’Accursio), Luigi Presicce “Altalena” (Palazzo Re Enzo), Paolo Bertocchi e Vanessa Chimera “Black Clouds” (Aeroporto G.Marconi), Herbert Hamak “Untitled” (Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio), Nanni Valentini “L’ombra di Peter Schlemihl” and Andrea Santarlasci “Un po’ di finito infinito” (Museo Archeologico), Alessandro Lupi “Densità fluorescente – Sogno” and Cristiano Pintaldi “3-4” (Musei Universitari di Palazzo Poggi), Roberto De Paolis “Alma New Morning” (Palazzo Bevilacqua Ariosti), Kevin Francis Gray “The Three Daughters of E 8” (Galleria Cavour, January 24-28).
Arte Fiera Off
Now in its second year Arte Fiera Off, the series of collateral events that will be held during Arte Fiera, is being expanded with new projects: the programme includes exhibitions, videos, conferences and performances by artists at a range of venues such as at MAMbo, Bologna Museum of Modern Art, the solo show by Luigi Ontani and the reading of Polish poet Adam Zagajewski in Francesco Clemente’s honour, promoted by Galerie Jablonka in collaboration with Arte Fiera; the permanent installation by Christian Boltanski at the Museo per la Memoria di Ustica and the exhibition curated by Enzo Cucchi Giacomelli. Cose mai viste, held in the unusual location of the hospice for terminally ill patients, Hospice MTC Seragnoli in Bentivoglio.
Art White Night
Change the color of the night
On Saturday Jan 26th until midnight, the historical city centre of Bologna will become a contemporary art venue with special evening openings of museums, galleries and shops in town, classical music concerts, exhibitions and an original travelling buffet offered in historical buildings and locations in the city centre.
More information on www.artefiera.bolognafiere.it
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